UPDATE 14 NOV: The public lecture by Prof. John Aiken will be postponed until further notice.
The development of a body of creative work reflects influences, proposes questions, reveals decisions and more often than not generates elements that surprise and sometimes perplex. This lecture plots stages of a personal journey over an extended period of time through research in the broadest sense into what could be defined as the shape of things. Things that are understood, are speculative, are discovered, lost and regained. The resulting artworks, their physical form and the places and objects that have informed and influenced their creation are diverse but also reveal some recurring themes and approaches that have generated shapes and volumes and enabled enigmas to emerge.
John Aiken is an artist and academic who has extensive experience of working in the area of public art. He has been commissioned to make large-scale environmental artworks in the UK, Ireland, the USA, China and Portugal. His work has also been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in public and private museums and galleries internationally. He has actively been involved in art education since 1976 and has taught at many art schools and universities in Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia and Australia. He held the post of Slade Professor and Director of the UCL Slade School of Fine Art until 2012 and from 2012 to 2017 he was Chair Professor or Fine Art and Director of the Academy of Visual Arts at HKBU. He currently lives and works in the south of Portugal.
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